When nutritionist Nicole DeMasi Malcher first came onto the podcast three years ago to talk about nutrition and ADHD (go back and listen to Episode #84 if you haven’t yet!), she briefly mentioned the gut-brain connection and how what we eat can directly influence our central nervous system, and therefore our physical and mental health. At the time I asked Nicole if this connection was controversial, but she reassured me that the science is there to support it.
Ever since, I’ve wanted to get her back on the show to dive deeper into this important topic, which we’re finally doing this episode. Join us as Nicole gives a breakdown of what the gut actually is (aka the “second brain”), the research behind the brain-gut connection, how the gut microbiome impacts mood and ADHD symptoms, and some easy ways to improve your gut microbiome when you’re already struggling with the executive functioning and sensory aspects of eating and meal-planning.
Episode 84: ADHD and Nutrition with Nicole DeMasi Malcher - Tracy Otsuka
0:00:01 - "Exploring the Gut-Brain Connection: A Conversation with Nutritionist Nicole Damasi Malcher"
0:03:13 - Interview with Nicole Damasi Malcher, Registered Dietitian, Nutritionist, and Certified Diabetes Care and Educational Specialist
0:05:11 - Conversation on ADHD Diagnosis and Life After Having a Baby
0:09:37 - Heading: The Impact of Estrogen and Dopamine Levels on ADHD Symptoms During Pregnancy
0:11:20 - Heading: Discussion on Gut-Brain Access and Hormonal Birth Control for ADHD Symptoms
0:13:16 - Heading: The Gut-Brain Connection and Its Role in ADHD
0:15:28 - Heading: Explaining the Enteric Nervous System and its Connection to the Central Nervous System
0:19:45 - Heading: The Impact of Stress on Gut Health
0:21:56 - Heading: The Connection Between Stress, Hormones, and Digestive Issues
0:24:37 - "Exploring the Relationship Between Gut Health and Neurodevelopmental Diseases"
0:31:06 - Heading: The Impact of ADHD on Gut Health
0:32:53 - Gut Health and ADHD: Exploring the Impact of Diet on Mental Health
0:38:54 - Heading: Exploring the Benefits of Probiotics
0:41:46 - Heading: The Importance of Food and Self Care for Gut Health
0:43:34 - Heading: The Benefits of Eating Fruit and Keeping Stress Levels Low for Gut Health
0:45:37 - Heading: Exploring Fructose Intolerance and the Role of Fruits and Vegetables in a Balanced Diet
0:48:05 - Heading: Benefits of Eating Vegetables and Supplements for Gut Health
0:49:52 - Conversation on Omega-3s and Exercise for ADHD Management
0:54:49 - Conversation on Dehydration, Omega-3, and Jet Lag Effects on Brain Function
0:56:52 - Interview with Nicole Avena, PhD: Exploring Gut Health and ADHD